I'm just curious. About what % of bonsai enthusiasts do you think visit bonsai sites on the Internet? I'm guessing a pretty low number - maybe 20%.
However, many bonsaists don't even subscribe to Bonsai Today either....
Thats true and the number is dropping. lately i have noticed that many local subscribers are not going to keep on ordering the magazine due to the "poor quality, uninteresting topics and the republishing of old articles.
Maybe I'm just getting jaded, I know I'm getting old and cranky, but I am seeing a disturbing trend in the internet forums.
I am seeing a disturbing trend in the internet forums.
This trend is embracing beginners with strong computer skills and weak on bonsai skills, while the older more experienced crowd is slowly drifting away.
Another disturbing part of this trend is that every few months or so, a newbie comes along that is head and shoulders above the crowd, a person who just seems to grasp the issues and moves almost immediately beyond the stick in pot phase. Most of these people drop out after a couple of months or about a year. I don't know what they are doing, but they aren't participating in the forums anymore. On the otherhand, it seems like you can't get rid of some these mallsai folks short of burning them at the stake.
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Now you can argue whether this is good, bad, or just a natural evolution of the electronic media, but I HATE it! Even Walter Pall (you don't even have to put his last name), the most conversant computer literate bonsai artist in the world rarely posts anywhere anymore. A few old bonsai farts like Vance Wood, Bonsai Al, and myself are still around, but it is getting awfully lonely at the top.
On the other hand, there is a plethora or mallsai, stick in pot, newbie posts. Plenty of useless banter, birthday bemusements, and squirrel/ rodent treatises.
Oh my gosh Brent,
It's almost like I've heard ( Or SAID) that before!
It's amazing how many real good bonsai people DON'T respond to any threads or visit the forums. Why should they show or talk about trees they've worked on for 10, 15 or 20 years only to have some guy with no trees or pots who has never fully styled a tree , wired it ,and kept it alive tell them whats wrong with their tree, where it SHOULD have branches, and what pot it ought to be in, how shallow the pot out to be, etc.
Your comment on "strong on computer skills and weak on bonsai skills" is so spot on!! Most "Talkers" just don't know how much they don't know!! and so often seem to confuse styling and growing a real bonsai with doing virtuals.
NNNOOOTTTHHHINNNGGG compares to experience.....
except maybe writing a book!